It is important that you have the right to be in education without feeling bullied or intimidated.
Bullying can take different forms and all colleges should have a zero tolerance policy on bullying.
There is no legal definition of bullying.
However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
- intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, disability, religion, gender or sexual orientation
It takes many forms and can include:
- physical violence
- making threats
- name calling
- cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example, email, Facebook or instant messenger)
Your college should have its own definition of bullying.
Jade and Natalie from Anti-Bullying Alliance talk about cyberbullying. One of many forms of Bullying.
When bullying does happen we can help support you in knowing what to do. Get in touch by completing our Ask Us Anything Contact Form and we will be happy to listen to you and offer advice and support
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it still count as bullying if I am not being physically harmed?
Does it still count as bullying if it is being done by a member of staff?
I am worried that if I say something about the bullying then it will make it worse.
College staff should also have the same policy, and should not share things that you have told them without your consent.
However keeping things secret protects people who bully, talking to someone is always the best way to make things better.